you won’t

you’re young and ambitious and you don’t believe what the wise men say
but it’s written with blood on the pavement that life is vicious and you better keep mistakes at bay

so you feel ready for the sea
are you ready to drown
so you feel ready for the sky
are you ready to fall

the devil’s a-waiting at the crossroads and whatever street you take there’s a whore
and that each friend you made after high school will suck is as true as weather lore

so you feel ready for democracy
are you ready to endure the recall
so you feel ready for administration
are you ready to bear with the snakes

you dreamers and goody-goodies, idealists and bleeding hearts
whatever you think you will change, you won’t
you think the mouth is for breathing and to use for discourse
but our teeth are made to bite, people lock jaws and cut their throats
you dreamers and goody-goodies, idealists and bleeding hearts
whatever you think you will change, you won’t